The Turku Archipelago

The Turku archipelago has over 20 000 islands and islets. Handsome bridges, spacious ferries, service boats connect the island municipalities Pargas, Nagu, Korpo, Houtskär and Iniö in the western Åboland to each other and to the municipalities in the inner archipelago Kustavi, Taivassalo, Velkua, Askainen, Merimaksu and Rymättylä. The municipalities Kimito, Dragsfjärd, Västanfjärd and Särkisalo form the eastern part of the archipelago. www.finlandarchipelago.org

Several towns are built by the sea. Finland’s oldest city, Turku lies at the mouth of the river Aura. The city has many historical sights, a virile economic life, and a versatile cultural supply which together make the city worth visiting (www.turkutouring.fi). Nearby Turku is the town of Naantali built around a brigantine cloister in the medieval times. Today the town is known for the guest harbour and the idyllic atmosphere of a seaside town. The Moominworld and the summer residence of the president of Finland are attractive sights in the town (www.naantali.fi).

Around 60 km north of Turku is Uusikaupunki whose reputation as a summer town is strengthened by the praised guest harbour in the city centre. In the summer the area around the guest harbour is popular among tourists as well as locals. (www.uusikaupunki.fi)

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 February 2012 )